26 August 2011

In the beginning Time magazine created the heavens and the earth

The other day on Good Reads, my attention was caught by this:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee1984 by George OrwellThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Time Magazine's All-Time 100 Novels

I had a look at it and was slightly puzzled at some of the choices, in particular some of the books that weren't there. No Jane Austen? No Dickens? No Conrad?

Instead there were a whole lot of books I'd never heard of, which seemed odd choices for an "all-time" list.

At the end came the explanation:

Full List - ALL TIME 100 Novels - TIME: ALL TIME 100 Novels

TIME critics Lev Grossman and Richard Lacayo pick the 100 best English-Language novels from 1923 to the present

Clearly, in the beginning Time magazine created the heavens and the earth, and time itself. Anything before 1923 was outside time and so did not count.

That must be an all-time record for hubris.


CherryPie said...

It does seem a rather unusual list.

James Higham said...

You've hit the nail on the head, one we've been on about - political bias.


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